Post Traumatic Growth
In the early 1990s, psychologists Richard Tedeschi and Lawrence Calhoun coined the term “post-traumatic growth,” or PTG. PTG embraces the idea and reality that remarkable positive changes can occur in the days, months, or even years after incredible adversity for those living .
The concept of PTG has been recognized for centuries. For example, tragedy has been the focus of much of the literature from ancient Greece. Many of the prominent themes of Christianity and Judaism deal with imparting wisdom through stories of suffering.
Post Traumatic Strength
I prefer the term Post Traumatic Strength to PTG, and I talk about this extensively in my book #dealwithit – living well with PTSD.
Post Traumatic Strength is the positive psychological change we experience as a result of adversity and other challenges. To rise to a higher level of functioning in the face of these circumstances, we have to learn to adapt. We have to adjust to the new way that we see and interpret the world around us . The Post Traumatic Strength that arises because of our PTG involves “life-changing” psychological shifts in thinking and relating to the world.
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